La Liga go to courts over El Clasico date

La Liga have confirmed they will appeal in both a legal court and to the Spanish Sports council over the new date for El Clasico.

The match had been scheduled to be played at the Blaugrana’s Camp Nou stadium on 26 October but due to the current volatility of the situation, La Liga asked that the game be reversed to Madrid’s Santiago Bernabeu stadium.

That proposal has been rejected by both clubs involved and with such a fluid period of unrest in Catalonia, the most likely option was always that it would be pushed back by two months, with the date of 18 December confirmed by the Spanish FA this week.

The Spanish FA, as supported by the clubs, have pushed for the date of 18 December but La Liga instead had been arguing for 7 December, with the Real Madrid-Espanyol and Barcelona-Mallorca matches, scheduled for that weekend, be played on Wednesday 4 December.

The date of Wednesday 18 December coincides with the Copa del Rey – when neither of the giants will be playing, but La Liga wanted a weekend date for maximum TV exposure. 

“In view of the resolution made by the Competition Committee and the documents in the report, La Liga has decided to appeal to the legal courts and to the Consejo Superior Deportes [Spain's Sports Council],” read a La Liga statement.

“La Liga and the RFEF decided to expressively leave available that date (4 December) in the event that a game was postponed or suspended in the first half of the league.

"There is no rule, not from a federation or La Liga standpoint, that establishes that after the postponement of a professional game due to exceptional circumstances, it's the clubs are the ones that have to, via an agreement, have the authority to choose another date.”

However, the latest La Liga statement does not say they will attempt to overturn the 18 December date, but merely are appealing the process to which the date was reached.

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